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Summer Learning Series: Kaye Simmons

July 16, 2015
By Tate's School

Kaye Simmons - Principal

As a former teacher and educator for the past 20 years, I realize the importance of continuing education throughout the summer months. Learning is something we all do naturally as we encounter new experiences, so it only seems fitting that learning doesn't have to end in the summer. Mathematics is all around us, occurring in nature and in the manmade objects we see daily.

One way to continue learning math in the summer is to play a game of "I Spy". As you run errands daily, or travel to new destinations, look for shapes in the flowers, trees, and buildings around you. Young children could look for basic shapes like squares, triangles, and circles. Older children could look for the angles like acute, obtuse, or right angles. Everyone can look for patterns. Repeating patterns may be found in gardens, art work, or signs. Growing patterns can be found in elevators, street addresses, and on your car's speedometer. Shopping is a wonderful learning experience in math. Children can make estimates on prices, figure out costs with percentages of sales, and count money or make change. 

Enjoy your summer and take every opportunity to see the math around you on your journey!